Coast Guard Academy recruits more than 1,000 recruits this year
Coast Guard recruits are up from 1,058 in 2014.
A report released Thursday found the Coast Guard is recruiting more than 2,400 new recruits each year since its inception in 1950.
It found that over the past year, there have been 1,081 new recruits selected, an increase of nearly 1,100.
That is an increase by almost 400 over the prior year.
That number of recruits is almost identical to the number who were selected in the 2014-15 academic year, which saw the number of applicants increase by more than 40 percent over the same time frame.
That was followed by the 2017-18 academic year when the number increased by more, as well as the 2017 academic year for the 2019-20 school year, when it increased by nearly 60 percent over that same time period.
The report also found that in 2019-2020, the number was 1,062, a jump of nearly 2,000.
The most recent year for which numbers were available was 2019-21.
In 2018-19, the last year with data, there were 1,045 recruits selected.
The Coast Guard reported a net loss of more than 8,300 recruits during the current fiscal year, with about 1,700 of them coming from the military.
In its report, the Coast Force Academy said the increase is a result of more applicants, more time spent in recruiting classes, and the fact that fewer applicants are accepted to other jobs.
“This year’s graduates are far more qualified than the graduates of previous years and are more likely to be accepted into jobs with a higher salary,” said Chief Petty Officer Kevin Johnson, who directs the Coast Guards Academy.
“Our goal is to recruit and retain the best of the best.
Our recruitment process has been improved and we are excited to see the next generation of Coast Guard officers, sailors and airmen,” Johnson said.